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The Beginning is the End: New Moon in Aries

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Installation view, WIELS.

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Installation view, WIELS.

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

New moons happen once a month when the moon is in conjunction with the sun and therefore not visible from Earth. The moon, the light by which we see in the otherwise dark, is unavailable to us during this time and shortly thereafter, it appears as a tiny sliver of itself. For the following two weeks the moon waxes towards its fullest, most illuminating light. This new moon in the first sign of the zodiac signals yet another beginning of beginnings and as the moon grows towards fullness during these next two weeks: begin. Beginner’s energy, beginner’s mind, go head first, plan, take notes, energize, work. Aries, like The Doors, teaches us that the time to hesitate is through. But before you stop hesitating, rest. The day of the new moon (April 5th, 2019) grants us a pause, a rest between beats, a fragment and a fraction between the waning and waxing cycles. The conjunction of our luminaries in the sign of Aries makes for a super-concentrated energy — a pure fiery Aries vibe. Look to last month’s new moon on March 6th for clues as to what to call in this month — and note where this new moon falls in your chart.

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Surcollage d’atelier #1 - série paléolithique, Surcollage d’atelier #1 - série Frottage-sol ‘Galerie nächst St.Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder’ 2008-2016 ,

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Surcollage d’atelier #1 - série paléolithique, Surcollage d’atelier #1 - série Frottage-sol ‘Galerie nächst St.Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder’ 2008-2016,

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

I’ve been thinking about the writer Lyn Hejinian in alignment with this new moon. She emphasized that each sentence should be the whole story: “A fragment is not a fraction, but a whole piece.” If you haven’t read her experimental autobiography, My Life, please do! The dark moon is not a blank, but a portal, an opening. It’s the first piece of information, but also the whole story is there, within the seeming blankness. What appears dark at first is an opening into another realm which might look a lot like this one but brand new.

It’s not easy to rectify the Aries archetype, which is so physical and energized by action, with art. Aries is unconcerned with polish or with feeling finished and refined and is most powerful in its raw impulse towards creative action and right now, with Mars in restless Gemini, action is the order of the day. Read: thoughtful action. The myth of the creative process being one with an inherent beginning, middle, and end, is a human projection. We like loose ends tied up, tight narrative structures, and lessons. When we see a sentence that looks unlike what we think a sentence should be (or art that looks unlike what we think art should be, or an invisible moon), we might contract. But Aries says just make it and the Aries new moon says make it new and make it now.

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

Joelle Tuerlinckx at WIELS.

The energy medicine of Lyn Hejinian’s prose and Joelle Tuerlinckx’s installations (see: all of the photos in this piece) lie in the truth and relief of their more visually available processes. We can see the stitches, the various movements of the artist. An end can look a lot like a beginning, and the first scribblings of an idea set a whole series of events into motion. Aries wants us to be comfortable with beginning again and again and again. The universe itself is a series of beginnings and we can only theorize how it will end. The wisest scientists often say I don’t know because to be certain is to be most certainly wrong. The universe, like the human brain, is mostly beyond our comprehension — energy without structure or at least, without a structure immediately understandable to the human eye. Aries does not yet have a container — it’s the initial impulse that reveals itself in its purest, most young and actionable form on the new moon and the days following. Send your intentions into the void that is actually a portal and get comfy with the messiness of process.

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Brossage moderniste -série journal abstrait (3) , 2017.

Joelle Tuerlinckx, Brossage moderniste -série journal abstrait (3), 2017.

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